The cursing of the barren fig tree symbolized the coming destruction of the Temple and the fruitlessness of Israel – Mark 11:12-26.
The Gospel of Mark divides the story of the barren fig tree into two sections, placing the “cleansing” of the Temple between them, and thus, the two events are inextricably linked. The fruitlessness of the fig tree and its subsequent cursing highlighted the spiritual state and destiny of the Temple, and Christ’s actions foreshadowed its destruction.
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Jesus taught several parables about the kingdom of God, its unexpected ways of expansion, and its status in the world – Mark 4:21-34.
The Gospel of Mark provides only a few examples of the many parables taught by Jesus, his primary method of teaching – (“Apart from a parable he did not speak to the crowds”). While they cover several topics, in Mark, the overarching theme is the “Kingdom of God,” the reign of God that commenced in the ministry of Jesus and continues as the gospel is preached.
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The “Son of Man” is sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world, where it grows unseen until the end of the age – Mark 4:1-20.
The first parable recorded in Mark is that of the Sower. The proper understanding of this parable is the key to understanding his other parables. Its key point is that the kingdom of God began to invade the present age with his proclamation of the gospel by Jesus, the “Son of Man,” and ever since, it has been in the process of spreading in the world.
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